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Simple, precise, tailor-made

Production hall and administration in Ternitz, Lower Austria

The new face of Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Technology

Production hall and administration in Ternitz

A new kind of industrial architecture has been made here, one that is pioneering in its particular field.

Lower Austrian Building Award 2014

Production hall and administration in Ternitz

Space, light, cleanliness

Schoeller-Bleckmann has been developing and manufacturing high-quality non-magnetic specialty steels for more than 130 years. Today, the company is the market leader for high-precision components in the oilfield industry, such as drill collars: these can be up to ten metres in length but must be manufactured with dimensional tolerances of only a few hundredths of a millimetre by the highly qualified employees. A new production hall for these components was needed at the company headquarters in Ternitz, some 80 km south of Vienna – one that would offer more space and better lighting and ensure clean production as well as optimum procedures.

The dialogue-driven collaboration with the architects has resulted in a production hall that now offers us much more than what we had laid down in our initial, very technical, specification.

Franz Wurzer,
Managing Director, Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Technology
Production hall and administration in Ternitz

Open and discreet

We moved the building up front to the site entrance so that it would act both as a gate and as an eye-catcher and provide a reference point for the entire grounds. The 11-metre high building consists of two layers: a tall black, six-metre high volume and, below it, a band of glazing running around the entire building, interrupted by larger or smaller areas of reinforced concrete inserted where needed to provide impact and crash protection.

This firm, which operates both locally and internationally, can adopt a position to the outside world that is unpretentious and yet self-confident and transparent.

 

The building houses not only the production premises and the indoor loading area for heavy goods vehicles but also an open-air storage area, laboratories, social rooms and, hidden within, a fitness zone with a small courtyard.

In the highly specialised sector in which this company operates industrial espionage is a major issue. The extent to which sensitive production processes should be visible from outside was the subject of intense discussions with the client.

Production hall and administration in Ternitz

A special thank-you

The cantilevering block bearing the company logo confidently indicates the entrance to the site. Orienting the ‘non-sensitive’ dispatch zone towards the public areas and the high-tech production zones towards the factory site has enabled us to create well-lit interior rooms that feel connected to the outside world while also protecting facilities involving sensitive technology from prying eyes. Below ground the new production premises are connected to existing production lines.

The project strikes a successful balance between offering guests glimpses of the production and ensuring the necessary protection from prying eyes.

Franz Wurzer,
Managing Director, Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Technology

Several hundred employees work at the plant in three shifts, five days a week. The highly qualified local staff is one of the company’s biggest assets. Therefore, while planning the project together with the client, the idea emerged to also include a fitness area and a spacious kitchen.

Production hall and administration in Ternitz

The building is not only a place of work but also expresses a tangible thank-you to every one of our employees.

Franz Wurzer,
Managing Director, Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Technology
Production hall and administration in Ternitz
Production hall and administration in Ternitz
Ground floor
Production hall and administration in Ternitz
Section and elevation

Production hall and administration in Ternitz
Site plan

Production hall and administration in Ternitz

Details

Type of commission

Geladener Wettbewerb

Scope of commission

Generalplanung in Arge mit Zencon GmbH

Awards

Niederösterreichischer Baupreis 2014, Preisträger

Client

Schoeller-Bleckmann OILFIELD Technology GmbH

Location

Ternitz, Niederösterreich

Design

2012–2013

Construction

2013

Status

Realisiert

Net usable floor area

8.090 m²

Gross floor area

10.000 m²

Building costs

16,0 Mio. €

Team

Werner Reifner(PL), Tanja Gombotz (PL), Thomas Karl, Lisa Kose, Barbara Wagner, Carolina Eccli, Vesna Ozegovic

Cooperation

Structural engineer

DI Alexander Katzkow & Partner GmbH

Building physics

DI Alexander Katzkow & Partner GmbH

Building services

Zencon GmbH

Fire safety planning

Norbert Rabl ZT GmbH

Signage system

Studiozwei - Agentur für Kommunikationsdesign

Cost management

Buchegger 7 Baumanagement GmbH

Site supervision

Buchegger 7 Baumanagement GmbH

Photography

Andreas Buchberger (4), Hertha Hurnaus (2)

Downloads

Publications

Praxisreport